Future Healthcare

Call for NHS to use private care to solve its long waits

Private healthcare providers have called on the Government to heed MPs’ warnings and set out a clear plan for improving speed of access to NHS care, including by using the spare independent sector capacity.

The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) warned that a Commons’ Public Accounts Committee report on NHS waiting times had shone a much-needed light on the worrying decline in NHS patients’ access to vital treat­ments such as hip replacements, cataracts and cancer care.

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